HOW-TO KEEP YOUR ROSES BLOOMING
by Nikkala from thecraftingchicks.com
Towards the end of summer flowers start looking a little sad. Some simple deadheading can revive a tired planter and bring color back to a rose bush. The sole purpose of a plant is to produce seeds, so plants naturally pump all their energy into the flower, which will produce the seeds. By removing spent (dead) flowers, you signal to the plant that that flower is gone and it needs to send up a new one in order to produce seeds. Frequent dead heading will keep your flowers in constant bloom. A little snip will keep you smelling roses until snowfall!
To deadhead a rose:
Step 1: Find a spent flower to remove.
Step 2: Follow the stem from the flower down until you locate the leaf with 5 leaflets.
Step 3: Position clippers, near the area of this leaf, at a 45 degree angle.
Step 4: Clip!
rose garden image via parachutgirl